It’s Still Here ~ Written by Guest Author Janet Bostic

At what point do you walk away? In a failing relationship or a losing game there is often a time to simply cut your losses and move on. One usually knows when that time comes. Sadly, it happens. It isn’t a sign of weakness, but many times a show of strength and even bravery to admit defeat and switch gears to a healthier endeavor.

1968 was a gear switching year for Elvis with the advent of the Singer Presents Elvis – aka the Comeback Special. His former location films were not working for him any longer. Not that they didn’t showcase the beauty of the man we loved to admire, his playfulness and his sense of humor, but they had become substandard to that which he was capable of and were no longer valid in our changing world. He knew it, we knew it – and yes I venture to say even the Colonel knew it.

The late 60’s saw social change, economic change, political change and strong tension related to each aspect. There were signs of the times that weren’t being read in the career of Presley. You can fault RCA, his management, his personal life – whomever you choose, but the fact remains he’d been painfully stagnant as a singer and actor.

December 3 1968 became do or die, make or break – step up or step down. Thankfully for him, and even more so for us in many ways, he stepped up – and boy did he! The line in the sand was drawn, crossed, and eradicated as once again he re-wrote musical history. He was still here.

This soulful ballad has nothing to do with the 68 Comeback Special but I just happen to like it and think he does a heartfelt beautiful job with it. It’s from the 1973 Fool album which I believe has many hidden gems and is way vastly underrated. It speaks of a broken hearted relationship that time did not erase. The feelings remained evident and strong not marred by time. It’s simply a sweet song and a sweet concept.

Had the 68 Comeback Special not heralded a true comeback, we die hard fans would be singing this same tune of “We’re Still Here.” We’ve shown that to be true 40 years after his death – this love has not departed nor will it ever in my opinion. It only grows and expands.

“The love I had for you so long, is still here.” …. and here it will remain – from our humble hearts to keep spreading the Elvis love to whomever will listen.

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It’s Still Here (1973 Elvis, the Fool album)

The day you said we’d never part
You turned around and broke my heart
You had the nerve to tell me I would soon forget
Now you’ve been gone away one year
And I have not forgotten dear
The love I had for you so long
Is still here
Wow-oh

It’s here, still here
Because my heart cannot believe
We’re really through
And though you said we’d never part
You turned around and broke my heart
The love I had for you so long
It’s still here

It’s here, still here
Because my heart cannot believe
We’re really through
Now you’ve been gone away one year
And I have not forgotten dear
The love I had for you so long
Is still here
Wow-oh

It’s here, it’s here, still here
Because my heart cannot believe
We’re really through
And though you said we’d never part
You turned around and broke my heart
The love I had for you so long
Is still here
Wow-ow

It’s here, still here
Because my heart cannot believe
We’re really through
And though you said we’d never part
You turned around and broke my heart
The love I had for you so long
It’s still here

Oh yeah

About the Author: Janet Bostic has been a fan of Elvis since the age of 5 (maybe before that!) and has studied his life as long as she can remember. She saw Elvis four times including once in 1976 when she received a scarf and enjoyed a kiss and some conversation with him. Janet has taken 4 trips to Graceland, with her earliest being in 1976 when Elvis lived there. She is visiting Graceland again in the Spring of 2019. Her favorite Elvis song is “Love Coming Down.” She is the mother of triplets and (just like Elvis) her only daughter’s name…is Lisa.  Elvis has always been a huge part of her life.

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